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Watch Dogs 2 leaked?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Leaks, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 leaked?

We all know that Ubisoft is working on Watch Dogs 2, but the first official mention of the sandbox sequel has just broken cover.

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Child of Light only £3.00

Author:
BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Child Of Light, Ubisoft

Child of Light only £3.00

We can't work out if Ubisoft are sitting on the sale of this little gem as it seems to be hidden away in their store with no big flashing banners to promote it's reduction, but for £3.00 Child of Light is an absolute steal from the Ubi Store.

"Child of Light proves that cheap downloadable RPGs can be done right after all. Visually enchanting and featuring a clever twist on classic turn-based combat, this puts many full-sized RPGs to shame.

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Ubisoft Sale at Gamesplanet

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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gamesplanet, Ubisoft

Ubisoft Sale at Gamesplanet

Gamesplanet are rounding off their recent sales with the Ubisoft Sale:

You can grab these games and more at the Gamesplanet Ubisoft Sale.

Credit to jaystan on HUKD for the find.

Ubisoft Spring Sale

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft Spring Sale

It's Spring Sale time over at the Ubi Store, and with more than 400 titles on sale there definitely has to be something for everyone! a few notable titles I managed to grab whilst looking through include:

Head on over to the UbiStore to grab yourself a bargain!

Ubisoft Publisher Sale continues at Gamersgate

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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GamersGate, Ubisoft

Ubisoft Publisher Sale continues at Gamersgate

Day 6 of the Ubisoft Publishers Sale at Gamersgate sees a nice reductions on Rayman, Trials and Settlers games to name just a few...

The Sale runs from 2nd - 10th April.

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Save up to 75% in the Ubisoft Steam Weekend!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Ubisoft

Save up to 75% in the Ubisoft Steam Weekend!

Perhaps in an effort to make nice after pissing off a lot of Steam users last year, Ubisoft have launched a massive Steam sale that will run until March 16th.

It's sizeable haul with some huge discounts, capping out at a respectable 75%. Highlights include:

Thanks for the heads-up, Gooner!

Get ZombiU on Wii U for just £4.95

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Games deals, Ubisoft, Wii U games, ZombiU

Get ZombiU on Wii U for just £4.95

ZombiU on Wii U is currently £4.95 from The Game Collection

Today's Flash Deal from The Game Collection provides yet another opportunity to get ZombiU for cheap. The saving may not be much, but let's be honest here - the fact one of the Wii U's most unique experiences is under a fiver is the important part here. Ubisoft's survival horror title won’t be to everyone’s tastes (much like those Souls games) but those brave enough to venture into the virtual streets of London will find a game that absolutely nails the terror of surviving against the hordes of the undead. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates, and bookmark our games deals stream for further savings!

Ubisoft declares war on "fraudulent" serial keys, but hits gamers in the crossfire

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Far Cry 4, Ubisoft

Ubisoft declares war on "fraudulent" serial keys, but hits gamers in the crossfire

Ubisoft find themselves in the headlines once again as angry gamers flock to the forums, complaining that their Far Cry 4 keys were mysteriously deactivated without any warning or explanation. It eventually transpired that all of these keys were bought from serial key resellers, companies that buy and sell on digital codes at significant discounts, with Ubisoft claiming that the keys in question were "fraudulently" obtained in the first place.

It's an interesting situation and there usually two sides to every story, but in this case, I feel that there are three. Publishers, illicit sources of serial keys and gamers stuck right in the crossfire. And everyone has something to learn here -- Ubisoft especially.

To be clear, the sale of Steam, Origin, PSN, Xbox Live and Uplay codes is legal and most sites comport themselves openly and legitimately. Everyone from Green Man Gaming to GamersGate, CDKeys and SimplyCDKeys. However, this is apparently a special case.

Ubisoft declares war on "fraudulent" serial keys, but hits gamers in the crossfire

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Rayman Legends deal - grab one of the finest platformers ever from £9.99 on PS4

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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game deals, Games deals, Platformers, PS4 games, Rayman Legends, Ubisoft

Rayman Legends deal - grab one of the finest platformers ever from £9.99 on PS4

Rayman Legends is now £9.99 (preowned) at GAME. Click here to buy one of the finest platformers in recent years >>

Probably one of, if not the best platformer of last-gen, Rayman Legends is a reminder that Ubisoft can do brilliantly crafted, mechanically perfect, riotously fun games when they want to. The new-gen version has few improvements on the last-gen equivalents, but don't let that stop you from picking it up, especially if you fancy a bit of couch multiplayer this Christmas.

Check out our Rayman Legends review here, and hit up our gaming deals stream for further bargains!

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates. Cheers rosan13!

Ubisoft Killed Tiny Tim - Game Buzz #100

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Final Fantasy VII, Game Buzz, Podcast, PSX, PWNCAST, Street Fighter V, The Crew, Ubisoft

Ubisoft Killed Tiny Tim - Game Buzz #100

Holy balls, we made it to 100 episodes! Yay!

Unfortunately, we were being so utterly professional that we forgot this podcast was in fact our century milestone. So there's no cake. Booo!

There is, however, a great big natter about the PlayStation Experience, Street Fighter exclusivity, Final Fantasy VII, the disappointment also know as The Crew, and winning weeks for Microsoft and Nintendo.

We'll get some cake in for the next one.

Game Buzz | Episode 100 - Ubisoft Killed Tiny Tim. Recorded 12th December, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language, dreadful impressions, and terrible puns.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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The Crew Launch Impressions Part 2 | Rip Off The Bandage, Start The Healing

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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PC games, PS4 games, The Crew, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

The Crew Launch Impressions Part 2 | Rip Off The Bandage, Start The Healing

The Crew launched worldwide earlier this week under intense scrutiny. It's remarkably ambitious yet full of potential pitfalls, a wonderful automotive adventure playground hamstrung by a worrisome storyline and server issues, and suffering under extra suspicion due to Ubisoft's recent performance. Here, though, we judge games based on their individual merits.

Having enjoyed a day's head-start, I posted a balanced and bittersweet impressions piece with a promise to return once I'd gleaned more hours of hands-on experience.

So I'm happy to report that things are looking rosier now... but it gets worse before it gets better. Let's rip the bandage off fast and hard.

The Story Is A Self-Sabotaging Disaster

The Crew Launch Impressions Part 2 | Rip Off The Bandage, Start The Healing

Last time I suggested that The Crew's storyline is pointless and goes against the core appeal of the game. As an open-world racer crossed with an MMO, forcing everyone to play as the same character and introducing unnecessary extra grit to what ought to be a free-roaming fun factory makes no sense whatsoever.

My point still stands, but after a few more hours, I have to be brutally honest and tell you that the story and characters aren't just redundant. They're awful, and may actually break the game.

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Far Cry 4 Review | When Rambo Met Dumbo

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Editor's Choice, Far Cry 4, FPS games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal

Far Cry 4 Review | When Rambo Met Dumbo
There's a good reason as to why this review has taken a while to get here. Kyrat is massive, there are simply so many things to do in Far Cry 4. As soon as the first introductory mission had passed, I ignored the story completely, jumped into Little Nellie and took to the skies, cackling and running down honey badgers from the air. hunting things is actually the best way to start Far Cry 4, to be honest. The ammo pouches and loot sacks you have to begin with are rubbish, and so skinning the various species of creatures roaming the Asian forests and mountains provides the only way to expand your arsenal. And believe me, you'll want to expand you're arsenal.

The other day I went for a swim in a serene lake. A glimmer caught my eye and I swam below to find a cornucopia of rare treasures and a shiny new gun. Then a pair of massive Demon Fish decided they wanted to eat me for lunch, and I panicked and mashed some buttons and fled the scene with the barest sliver of life left, retiring to dry land and a hut where a demonic mask sang foreboding songs at me. Then some Royalist punks came by in a red truck, and I set them on fire and stole their things. Truck included.

The things you can do with fire in this game...

There are moments in Far Cry 4, often when you've climbed your way above the skyline -- Kyrat is a mountainous places, far more so than the islands of FC3, and you have a grappling hook to help you traverse the undulating landscape in this game -- when the game takes your breathe away. It's a game still tethered to last-gen, using a last-gen engine and assets, but the development team have done a phenomenal job of making Kyrat look stunning. This is a world that's simply captivating to be in and explore, littered as it is with geographical and architectural wonders, not to mention collectibles that reveal more about the place. Kyrat is a fictional country, but it has elements of Kashmir and Nepal about it, with the Himalayas to the north and the notion of a beautiful, mystical country torn apart by war.

Click here to read the rest of our Far Cry 4 review >>

Rabbids Invasion just £14.85 on PS4 at Simply Games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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PlayStation Camera, PS4 games, Rabbids Invasion, Ubisoft

Rabbids Invasion just £14.85 on PS4 at Simply Games

I love motion control mini-game collections at Christmas. WarioWare is always a personal favourite, though it must be stressed that such games should be played ahead of any gargantuan eating effort. Rabbids Invasion is an interactive representation of the TV show with over 20 episodes and 400 activities to choose from.

It's a game for the kids, but bear in mind that you're going to need the PS Camera to play the thing, which may explain why the game's plummeted in price. Cheers hermonhoop!

"Paying for more of what we love" - Microtransactions and premium currencies have no place in £50 games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Anti-consumer bulls**t, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, DLC, Exploitation, Freemium, Microtransactions, The Crew, Ubisoft

"Paying for more of what we love" - Microtransactions and premium currencies have no place in £50 games

Didn't we already go over this with Dead Space two years back? Or Forza last year? Or Ass Creed a couple of weeks ago?

Another week, another example of Ubisoft trying to copy the EA of several years ago. I'm going to get around to the excellence of Far Cry 4 eventually, which will surely balance out some of the skewering we've been doing of Ubisoft over the past few weeks, but it's difficult to ignore things like sticking big, fat microtransactions in full-priced games.

Jon noted that The Crew is rocking a premium unlockable option for £39.99, dishing out 600,000 Crew Credits to parties willing to stump up enough cash to buy the game all over again (but not from Uplay). This isn't the first time that we've this from Ubisoft this winter -- Assassin's Creed: Unity, a game that somehow felt the need to have four different kinds of in-game currency, had an option to buy 20,000 Helix Credits for the low, low price of £64.99.

"Paying for more of what we love" - Microtransactions and premium currencies have no place in £50 games

The Face of Microtransaction Horror

In fact, we already kind of wrote about this when Unity unveiled its shambolic, money-grabbing true face of poisoned horror:

 

"Microtransactions are usually smoking-gun proof that a game's economy is designed specifically to delay, annoy and otherwise tempt you into reaching for the credit card, or that the company deliberately withheld content or cheat codes to sell post-launch. They kill immersion by reminding you that you're just consuming an incomplete product. They encourage developers to turn their games into operant conditioning chambers. The idea of full-priced games offering them is genuinely insane, if not insulting, when you think about it. And it's big news when a game avoids them. What an age we live in."

"Dual currency" and "microtransactions" are phrases that I absolutely loathe seeing when talking about full price games. They are, in essence, admissions of defeat: "We couldn't be arsed to create a meaningful way for you to earn this in-game, so here's a pay option because we're admitting that the game we made is unbalanced." The bottom line is that microtransactions exist in fully priced games simply because they can. There's simply no defence for them, it's just yet another example of game design being sabotaged in the name of profit.

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The Crew's biggest 'microtransaction' costs £39.99

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Microtransactions, The Crew, Ubisoft

The Crew's biggest 'microtransaction' costs £39.99

The Crew launches worldwide today, and seeing as we were let in a day early, I've written a detailed and balanced launch impressions piece for your perusal. However, now that the servers are live -- and holding up, at least for now -- we can also report on exactly how Ubisoft's new MMO driving game handles the dreaded spectre of microtransactions.

Like Assassin's Creed: Unity, The Crew contains a premium currency known as Crew Credits, which can be used to purchase cars that you haven't saved up enough money for by completing challenges, races and missions. You have the option to buy every vehicle with either your slowly-increasing pot of in-game currency or Crew Credits, the latter of which, of course, come at a real-world cost. You're able to buy them in five different packs, starting at 45,000 at £3.99 and ending with 600,000 for a whopping £39.99.

To put this in perspective, early-game cars can run you between 4500-65,000 Crew Credits.

Personally I hate to see microtransactions and premium currencies in full-priced games, as their inclusion is smoking gun proof that a game's economy is designed to delay, annoy or otherwise convince you to reach for the credit card. The fact that you can't ignore Crew Credits -- it's a dual currency, so the option is right there on the screen next to regular purchasing options and even represented on your player tag -- is also a real bugbear too. The sooner this fad dies out, the better, since you've already paid good money for the game and frankly shouldn't be constantly harangued to slap down a little (or a lot) extra.

We'll find out whether it's easy and affordable to play the game the way it should be intended as the days roll on - stay tuned for our launch day impressions later today and a full review at the end of the week.

Assassin's Creed: Unity just £22.99 on Xbox One in CDKeys Cyber Monday deal

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Assassin's Creed: Unity, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Assassin's Creed: Unity just £22.99 on Xbox One in CDKeys Cyber Monday deal

Assassin's Creed: Unity targeted Xbox One as its lead platform, and if you're in the market for a cheap Cyber Monday deal, CDKeys are back again with their lowest price yet. The third time's the charm, because they're currently charging a very tasty £22.99 for one day only.

There's a difference between a good deal and a good game, and the difference couldn't be clearer here. Unity's notorious technical issues may be nowhere near as pronounced on Xbox One, but Matt describes it as a "corpulent, broken mess that plays neither to its own strengths nor to its fanbase" in our 5/10 review, even if there are "flashes of promise." It sure does look pretty though.

Get Far Cry 4 on PS4 / Xbox One for just £34.96 at CoolShop

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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FPS games, Games deals, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Get Far Cry 4 on PS4 / Xbox One for just £34.96 at CoolShop

If you missed out on the chance to get it last month, here's another chance to get Far Cry 4 on current-gen consoles for under £35. This latest deal from CoolShop will save you around £4 compared to the next best offer elsewhere.

The Limited Edition comes with the Hurk's Redemption missions, which apparently provides an extra hour of gameplay and a harpoon gun. We'll be delivering our official verdict later this week, but considering how impressed Jon was with the way Far Cry 4 goes between the relatively-realistic open world sandbox and a spiritual dimension where you have a tiger at your command, it's almost safe to say that if you enjoyed its predecessor you'll find some fun in this instalment. Thanks to cosmic85 @ HUKD!

Get Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for £7.93 on Xbox One at CDKeys

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is basically a new-gen, more murderous, stealthy, parkour-packed version of Sid Meier's Pirates! It's much better than Unity and it has unlockable sea shanties. If you use the 5% off Facebook voucher at CDKeys, you can get Black Flag on Xbox One for under eight quid this Black Friday weekend.

NB. Do bear in mind that this is a digital download code.

Click here to read our new-gen Assassin's Creed: Black Flag reviewThanks Mark!

Just Dance 2015 only £15.00 on PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii & Wii U at ASDA

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Dancing Games, Just Dance 2015, Ubisoft

Just Dance 2015 only £15.00 on PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii & Wii U at ASDA

If you're feeling energetic then ASDA may have just sorted you out with a Black Friday stocking filler bargain. Just Dance 2015 is currently £15.00 on  PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U, saving you a few quid especially on the new-gen versions. Weirdly the PS3 version is holding out at £25 though.

I won't be reviewing Just Dance this year after seriously damaging my dignity the last few times, but you know what to expect by now. Namely solid, colourful, enjoyable dancing that makes good use of motion controls. Thanks to DID365 @ HUKD!

"Take this and love us again" - Ubisoft handing out freebies is a sign of nothing more than being caught in the act

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Assassin's Creed: Unity, DLC, Freebies, Ubisoft

"Take this and love us again" - Ubisoft handing out freebies is a sign of nothing more than being caught in the act

Yesterday, in the wake of 343 Industries' heartfelt apology for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Ubisoft's management finally owned up to the errors of Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Sort of.

Before we get onto ripping the message apart, though, let's look at what the publisher actually did do. The failings of Assassin's Creed: Unity are well-documented on this site, partially-hidden on launch day by a time-gated embargo that was so idiotic and publicly slammed that Ubisoft say they have revised their approach to reviews going forwards. People bought the game in the US at launch to find no reviews published, with many players angrily reporting a plethora of bugs and technical issues. In a statement from Ubi Montreal's CEO, Yannis Mallat, Ubisoft "sincerely apologized", suggesting that "the overall quality of [Assassin's Creed: Unity] was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues", and offering compensation for those who'd bought an Assassin's Creed: Unity Season Pass:

"To show our appreciation for your continued support, we’re making the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone," wrote Mallat. "For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free. More details on the offer for Season Pass holders can be found here: AC Unity FAQ."

Those free games are not to be sniffed at either, including Far Cry 4 (it's excellent), The Crew (hmmm), Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (much better than Unity), Watch Dogs (bloated, but still better than Unity), Rayman Legends (10/10), and Just Dance 2015 (it's Just Dance).

"Take this and love us again" - Ubisoft handing out freebies is a sign of nothing more than being caught in the act

Far Cry 4 - much MUCH better than Ass Creed Unity

It's sort of the same move that EA pulled with SimCity, which sort of lends credence to my hypothesis that Ubisoft are actually just copying EA at this point. Things is, just like in the SimCity situation, this damage control is just a seemingly classy move that does nothing but paper over the cracks.

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